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WEBINAR: Responsible AI: Facial Recognition and Scientific Responsibility

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the webinar, “Responsible AI: Facial Recognition and Scientific Responsibility,” Tuesday, September 10, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, in Fisher Hall, Room 125. Discussion will follow the 30-minute webinar.

The Facebook LIVE webinar is presented by the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program and sponsored by Hitachi.

Facial recognition is one type of artificial intelligence that is becoming ever more pervasive in our society. It can make our lives easier by accomplishing various tasks such as unlocking smartphones with just a glance, and automatically tagging our friends and family in photos on social media. However, many ethical, legal and human rights concerns exist about facial recognition, from inaccuracies in the technology to its application as a means of general surveillance. Given this, what are the responsibilities of developers and users to ensure facial recognition is transparently, ethically, and justly developed and applied?

Join us for an interview with two leading experts on facial recognition technology who will explore the current capabilities of facial recognition, debunk the myths and explain the realities of its current degree of accuracy, and explore the potential medium and long-term capabilities of the technology. Learn about current efforts to address the ethical, legal and social implications of the technology and consider how these concerns should inform developers and users of the technology.

This is the first in a three-part AAAS series that is sponsored by Hitachi and aims at exploring artificial intelligence technologies, the current capabilities of the technologies, their ethical and policy implications, and the responsibilities of the scientists and engineers developing them. The next interviews in this series will be held on October 8 at 12:00 p.m. and November 12 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

PARTICIPANTS

Neema Singh Guliani is a senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office, focusing on surveillance, privacy, and national security issues. Prior to joining the ACLU, she worked in the Chief of Staff’s Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, concentrating on national security and civil rights issues.

P. Jonathon Phillips is an Electronic Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory. One of the foremost experts on facial recognition, he has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers on facial recognition, computer vision, biometrics, psychology, forensics, statistics, and neuroscience. He is an IEEE Fellow and an International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Fellow.

Jessica Wyndham (Moderator) is the Director of the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. She also serves as coordinator of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, a network of scientific, engineering, and health associations that recognize the role of science and technology in human rights. Her areas of expertise include the intersections of science, technology, human rights and ethics, the social responsibilities of scientists and engineers, and the role of professional scientific, engineering and health societies in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Find more information here: https://www.aaas.org/programs/scientific-responsibility-human-rights-law

Download the flyer here: Responsible AI Flyer


EET Alumnus Aaron Zarembski Named Emerging Leader

Aaron Zarembski

EET alumnus Aaron Zarembski was recently named one of 20 emerging leaders by Production Manufacturing magazine. The magazine’s annual list recognizes professionals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the precision machined parts industry. Selections are based on nominations received by readers of the publication. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership, whether in the nominee’s company or their involvement in the industry.

Aaron works as a controls engineer for Ecoclean Group, a global company that supplies machinery for industrial parts cleaning and surface treatment applications. He was cited in particular for his strengths in customer service and technical knowledge.  Aaron’s career history also includes working with robotic waterjet cutting and plastic welding.

“Aaron is an outstanding problem solver and has been an invaluable asset for Ecoclean in every role he has taken on,” said his nominator, Peter Feamster, product management director for Jomesa North America Inc. “Aaron uses patience and efficient/effective solutions in order to satisfy customers while managing enormous pressure to keep production lines operating. He has an ability to apply PLC programming knowledge to a challenging automation process,” adding that Aaron is always looking at problems from a unique perspective, is great at thinking outside the box, is a natural innovator, and he is reliable, reachable and personable, as well.

View the magazine’s blog post here: https://www.productionmachining.com/blog/post/2019-emerging-leader-aaron-zarembski

Read more about Aaron and the other 19 emerging leaders here: https://www.productionmachining.com/production-machinings-2019-emerging-leaders/


Weihua Zhou to Present Invited Talk at 2019 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Conference

Weihua Zhou

Weihua Zhou, assistant professor of health informatics, will present an invited talk and give a poster presentation at the 2019 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology conference (ASNC), September 12-15, in Chicago, IL.

His talk, “Machine Learning for Automatic LV Segmentation and Volume Quantification,” will discuss the results of his recent research for the American Heart Association, “A new image-guided approach for cardiac resynchronization therapy.” (Project Number: 17AIREA33700016, PI: Weihua Zhou).


Keith Vertanen and Scott Kuhl Awarded $499K NSF Grant

Scott Kuhl
Scott Kuhl
Keith Vertanen
Keith Vertanen

Keith Vertanen, assistant professor of computer science (HCC), and Scott Kuhl (HCC), associate professor of computer science, are principal investigators of a recently funded three-year National Science Foundation grant for their project, “CHS: Small: Rich Surface Interaction for Augmented Environments.” The expected funding over three years is $499,552.00.

Vertanen and Kuhl are members of Michigan Tech’s Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) Center for Human-Centered Computing. A 2018 ICC research seed grant funded by ECE Alumnus Paul Williams was used to produce some of the preliminary results in the successful proposal. More info about the Williams Seed Grant can be found here: https://blogs.mtu.edu/icc/2019/07/16/appropriating-everyday-surfaces-for-tap-interaction/.

A related video can be found here: https://youtu.be/sF7aeXMfsIQ.

Abstract: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) head-mounted displays are increasingly being used in different computing related activities such as data visualization, education, and training. Currently, VR and AR devices lack efficient and ergonomic ways to perform common desktop interactions such as pointing-and-clicking and entering text. The goal of this project is to transform flat, everyday surfaces into a rich interactive surface. For example, a desk or a wall could be transformed into a virtual keyboard. Flat surfaces afford not only haptic feedback, but also provide ergonomic advantages by providing a place to rest your arms. This project will develop a system where microphones are placed on surfaces to enable the sensing of when and where a tap has occurred. Further, the system aims to differentiate different types of touch interactions such as tapping with a fingernail, tapping with a finger pad, or making short swipe gestures.

This project will investigate different machine learning algorithms for producing a continuous coordinate for taps on a surface along with associated error bars. Using the confidence of sensed taps, the project will investigate ways to intelligently inform aspects of the user interface, e.g. guiding the autocorrection algorithm of a virtual keyboard decoder. Initially, the project will investigate sensing via an array of surface-mounted microphones and design “surface algorithms” to determine and compare the location accuracy of the finger taps on the virtual keyboard. These algorithms will experiment with different models including existing time-of-flight model, a new model based on Gaussian Process Regression, and a baseline of classification using support vector machines. For all models, the project will investigate the impact of the amount of training data from other users, and varying the amount of adaptation data from the target user. The project will compare surface microphones with approaches utilizing cameras and wrist-based inertial sensors. The project will generate human-factors results on the accuracy, user preference, and ergonomics of interacting midair versus on a rigid surface. By examining different sensors, input surfaces, and interface designs, the project will map the design space for future AR and VR interactive systems. The project will disseminate software and data allowing others to outfit tables or walls with microphones to enable rich interactive experiences.


George Anderson of the US Navy to Present Seminar September 17

George Anderson of the US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)-Newport will present a seminar on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 3:00 pm, in Room 202 of the Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center.

One of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NUWC Division Newport is the Navy’s full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support center for submarine warfare systems and many other systems associated with the undersea battlespace. It provides the technical foundation that enables the conceptualization, research, development, fielding, modernization, and maintenance of systems that ensure our Navy’s undersea superiority. The NUWC Division Newport is responsible, cradle to grave, for all aspects of systems under its charter, and is engaged in efforts ranging from participation in fundamental research to the support of evolving operational capabilities in the U.S. Navy fleet. The major thrust of NUWC Division Newport’s activities is in applied research and system development.
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Dr. Theda Daniels-Race to Present Seminar September 9

Dr. Theda Daniels-Race, the Michael B. Voorheis Distinguished Professor in the Division of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University, will present her seminar, “Deposition, Characterization, and Developments in Hybrid Electronic Materials for Next-Generation Nanoelectronics,” on Monday, September 9, at 3:00 pm in Room 6452 of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building.

This seminar is presented by the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Michigan Tech Visiting Professor Program, which is funded by a grant to the Michigan Tech Provost Office from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Dr. Daniels-Race also has a  joint appointment to the Center for Computation and Technology at Louisiana State University.  She is the founder of the Applied Hybrid Electronic Materials & Structures Laboratory as well as Director of the ECE Division’s Electronic Materials & Devices Laboratory.  Her research has encompassed a range of studies upon electronic materials from the growth of compound semiconductors via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), to investigations of electron transport in low-dimensional systems such as quantum wells, wires, and dots, to device design and fabrication.  Her current work is in the area of hybrid electronic materials (HEMs) and involves studies of sample morphologies, nanoscale electronic behavior, and the design of apparatus for HEM deposition.

Dr. Daniels-Race received her degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice, Stanford, and Cornell universities, for the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., respectively.  As an undergraduate, she received a GEM (Graduate Engineering Minorities) Fellowship for her future MS studies, and while working on her masters, she was selected to receive one of fewer than ten CRFP (Cooperative Research Fellowship Program) competitive fellowships awarded nationally that year by AT&T for her PhD. Throughout her academic training, Daniels-Race worked in industry with corporations such as Union Carbide, Exxon, General Electric, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.  She began her academic career with the ECE Department at Duke University, where she built that institution’s first MBE laboratory and, over the next thirteen years, established a program in experimental compound semiconductor materials research.  Daniels-Race was recruited to join the LSU faculty where she conducts research upon HEMs for use in next-generation nanoscale devices.  To the community she has been an active member of several professional societies including the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the National Society of Black Physicists.  She is an ELATES (Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science) alumna and is a strong advocate for minorities and women in science and engineering.

Seminar Abstract: Ubiquitous dependence upon semiconductor-based technology has reached a critical turning point.  In effect “small has hit the wall” (Moore’s Law) as advancements, in everything from cell phones to satellites, struggle to keep pace with demands for smaller, faster, and ever more affordable devices. Thus, researchers operating under the broadly defined umbrella of nanoelectronics inherently challenge traditional solid-state electronic design paradigms and fabrication practices.  To this end, my research focuses upon that which I have dubbed HEMs or “hybrid electronic materials.”  In this talk, I will present an overview of work in progress, conducted by both my graduate and undergraduate students, as part of the Applied Hybrid Electronic Materials & Structures (AHEMS) Laboratory that I have established in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University. With an eye toward the next generation of electronics, new materials and nanoscale structures must be investigated in order to understand the unique physics and potential applications of electronic phenomena “beyond the transistor.”  Using hybrid (inorganic-organic) electronic materials, my group works to characterize the nanoscale formations and electronic behavior of HEMs, as well as to develop innovative yet low-cost apparatus and techniques through which these materials may be explored.

Theda Daniels-Race CV

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Ford Motor Meet and Greet, Weds., Sept. 4, 2-5 pm

Ford Motor Company will host a Meet &  Greet on Wednesday September 4, 2019 , 2:00 PM—5:00 PM, in the Rekhi Hall 2nd Floor Lounge.

Computer scientists from Ford Motor Company will be on hand to discuss CS and careers at Ford.

All Department of Computer Science students, as well as other interested students, are invited. Complimentary food and beverages will be served.

Download the flyer: Ford Meet & Greet.

 The following Ford computer scientists will be in attendance:

Jeff Kalman: Jeff leads several agile product teams focused on delivering routing and dispatch services for Ford’s Mobility Platform. He has also held leadership positions at Kellogg, managing their digital marketing platform for all consumer facing websites globally. Jeff is also a former Officer in the U.S. Army. 

Jim Wasnick: Jim currently leads Ford’s connected vehicle platform delivery team globally, a team of over 600 software engineering professionals. Prior to joining Ford in 2015, Jim has held senior technology related positions with both startups and Fortune 50 corporations throughout his career. 

Cindy Watson: Cindy has a broad Computer Science background with roles spanning Application Delivery, Strategy, Application Management and Platform Delivery. She has worked in both services and manufacturing industries, and has been with Ford Motor Company for 17 years. Her current role is within Ford Mobility Platforms & Products delivering strategic platforms to the Global Data Insights & Analytics Skill Team. Cindy is also the Ford Lead Recruiter for MTU 

Kevin Christenson: Kevin currently leads our In-Plant Implementation Team for the Americas. His team is responsible for deploying all of the IT capabilities at Manufacturing facilities as part of any New Model Program investments. Kevin has held several positions through-out his career involving the investigation, introduction, and implementation of new technologies throughout Manufacturing including IIoT, Cyber Security, Additive Manufacturing and other advanced technologies. 

Ryan Lindstrom: Ryan graduated from Michigan Tech in 2017 and has held two positions in the Ford College Graduate program since. In his first rotation, Ryan was a Business Analyst supporting Product Development and Manufacturing end users, specifically Powertrain Engineers. In his current rotation, Ryan is a Business Relationship Analyst supporting the Design Studio in Product Development . 


Meet and Greet with Dean Adrienne Minerick

College of Computing Dean Adrienne Minerick

All College of Computing new, transfer, and returning undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to an ice cream social to meet and talk with Dean Minerick and College of Computing faculty and staff.

Date: Wednesday, September 18

Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Location: Rovano Patio, Outside the Library Cafe


Update Performed on All On-domain Linux Systems

An update has been performed on all on-domain Linux systems.

OpenJDK 11 is now the default java version for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems that are on-domain, in all open Linux labs, and on most office workstations.

The legacy java version 8 (aka java 1.8) is still available in both Open java and Oracle java flavors. However, they are deprecated and unsupported which means they will be removed in the future.

In order to use a non-default java version, set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to the version’s installation location and add it’s bin directory to the PATH in the Bash shell.

The following are some useful shell commands, including the paths to the various java versions:

### SELECT VERSION
# If setting Java Version to 8
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk
# If setting to Oracle Java 8
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_181-amd64
# If setting Java version back to 11 (default)
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk/
### END VERSION SELECT
# Add JAVA_HOME to beginning of your path export PATH=”${JAVA_HOME}/bin:$PATH”
# Verify Version
java -version

If you have any questions about the Linux update, email IT at it-help@mtu.edu, call 487-1111, or visit www.mtu.edu/it.


GenCyber Camp for Teachers Garners Local Media Coverage

Michigan Tech hosted two week-long GenCyber camps this summer. The first, held June 17–21, 2019, hosted 30 local middle/high school students. The second camp, August 12–16, 2019, hosted 21 local K-12 teachers. Camp participants gained cybersecurity knowledge, understood correct and safe online behavior, and explored ways to deliver cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula.

A story about the GenCyber teacher camp was reported on August 16, 2019, by TV6: “GenCyber cyber security training camp comes to Michigan Tech” and on August 13, 2019, by the Keweenaw Report: “Teachers Learn How To Include Cybersecurity In Their Lessons.”

Learn more about the camps on the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems blog: https://blogs.mtu.edu/icc/2019/06/04/inspiring-the-next-generation-of-cyber-stars-2/.